- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Asperger's Syndrome
- Down's Syndrome
- Learning Disabilities
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Executive Functioning Disorders
- Cerebral Palsy
- Clef Lip and Palate
- Developmental Delays
A child with an articulation disorder does not make speech sounds correctly due to incorrect placement or movement of their articulators (lips, tongue, etc). Using verbal, visual, and tactile models and ques, the therapist will teach the child accurate tongue placement for clear sound production. Children will practice using "good sounds" in structured drills and play based therapy activities.
Therapists work with children on developing both their Receptive (understanding of language) and Expressive (what they communicate) language skills. Therapy will work on a child’s ability to attend to, process, and comprehend spoken language. Additionally, therapists will help children improve their expressive language vocabublary, sentence formulation skills, use of gramatical forms, and narrative formulation.
A feeding specialist works with children who will not orally consume adequate nutritional, hydration or caloric amounts needed in order to grow and develop. Some children may only consume a limited number of foods (only eats particular food groups or only certain textures, such as purees), and other children may refuse to self-feed, vomit, pack solids or pool liquids, eat non-edible items, or general food refusal.
Some children have trouble successfully using their language skills in social and play based situations with their peers. Therapists can work with these children individually to teach them the rules of conversation, turn taking, initiation, asking questions, and topic maintenance; or they can help children practice these same skills in group therapy with age skill matched peers. Therapy will help improve children's functional language skills in the classroom, community, and home environments.
Therapists work with children and their families on the use and understanding strategies to decrease a child's moments of stuttering and any secondary behaviors. Fluency strategies are modeled and taught to children though structured drills and play based activities, depending on their age. Parents are educated on carryover strategies.
Augmentative & Alternative Communication includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. We work with children with a variety of medical diagnosis and levels of communication to help them communicate using signs, picture and symbol communication boards and electronic speech generating devices, such as the ipad. AAC can often allow children to communicate more than are able to verbally. We always continue to use and encourage the use of any and all vocalizations in addition to use of AAC.
PROMPT/Oral Motor Therapy
Our trained and specialized therapist works with children with motor speech disorders. Therapy will focus on oral-motor movement patterns and guide the speech musculature form the production of sounds, words and phrases. The therapist will provide input, for each client, in such a way as to maximize the potential of the neuro-motor system.
Therapists work with children on the quality, pitch, loudness and resonance of their voice. Children will be taught and practice strategies to improve their vocal hygiene, breathing behaviors and vocalization. Children and parents will be educated on self monitoring and carry over strategies.